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This comes after Dogman picked up two awards – European Costume Designer and European Hair and Make Up — at the European Film Awards, and Marcello Fonte won the Best Actor Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It was also chosen as Italy’s Foreign Language Oscar submission.
Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle dog groomer who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.
Garrone’s Archimede produced alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie, and Recorded Picture Company’s Jeremy Thomas. Garrone’s previous credits include Gomorrah, Reality and Tale of Tales,
Marcello is a small-business owner in a shoddy part of town where buildings are run down and people are seemingly scrapping around to make an honest buck. We open to see him scrubbing down a rather vicious-looking and acting canine in his shop. The dog is growling and worryingly fierce as Marcello goes about his business, but seems unperturbed about the dangerous nature of his task, the skilled ‘Dogman’ calming the animal down for a post-bath blow dry. Marcello’s business is moderately successful, but in order to fulfill his promises to take his young daughter Sofia on expensive scuba-diving holidays,
Directed by Matteo Garrone.
Starring Marcello Fonte and Edoardo Pesce.
Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorises the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.
The latest tragicomedy from writer-director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) may not be a refinement or an evolution of the filmmaker’s well-honed, darkly hilarious style, but thanks to a stonking performance from Marcello Fonte – who rightly won the Best Actor award at Cannes – Dogman is still another disarming offering from the singular talent.
Shy and retiring dog stylist Marcello (Fonte) lives for both his work and his darling daughter Alida (Alida Baldari Calabria), but his tranquil-ish existence comes crashing down when he falls in deep with brutal former boxer Simone (Edoardo Pesce). As the erratic Simone
Marcello Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle dog groomer who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance. Fonte won the Best Actor prize at Cannes.
Garrone’s Archimede produced alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie, and Recorded Picture Company’s Jeremy Thomas. Magnolia has U.S. rights. Garrone’s previous credits include Gomorrah, Reality and Tale Of Tales, all of which played at Cannes.
Italy has been the most successful country in the Academy’s Foreign Language category, scoring 14 wins and 31 nominations. The country’s last nomination and win in the category came in 2013 with Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.
Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s urban western about a gentle-spirited dog groomer, has been chosen as Italy’s submissions for this year’s foreign language Oscar race.
The film premiered in Competition at Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Actor for Marcello Fonte as well as the Palm Dog.
Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle man who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.
The film, which debuted in Cannes to rave reviews, is a modern fairy tale set in the Camorrah-ridden Castel Volturno outside Naples, about a friendly dog groomer (Marcello Fonte) who goes to hell and back after being lured into crime by village terror Simone (Edoardo Pesce).
Fonte picked up the best actor award in Cannes. The film subsequently swept Italy’s Silver Ribbon awards, winning best picture, best director, best producer (Garrone along with Paolo Del Brocco for Archimedes and Rai Cinema), best set design,...
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.
Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.
Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.
Submitted films must be released theatrically
Magnolia Pictures has acquired Us rights to Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone’s Dogman following its world premiered in competition in Cannes.
Dogman is a true-crime revenge drama about a meek dog groomer who fights back against a local bully. Magnolia plans a 2019 theatrical release.
Marcello Fonte earned the best actor prize and the film also scooped up the Palm Dog for the canine cast.
The cast includes Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano and Alida Baldari Calabria.
“Matteo Garrone has fashioned another extremely compelling crime tale, a great companion piece to his Gomorrah,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.
Matteo Garrone directed the true-crime revenge drama about a meek dog groomer in an Italian suburb who fights back against his new antagonist — a former boxer prone to violence.
Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano and Alida Baldari Calabria star in the pic. Dogman premiered earlier this year in competition at Cannes, where Fonte picked up the best actor prize, while the pic received the unofficial Palm Dog award.
Garrone produced the film under his Archimede banner, alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean ...
It turns into a universal tale of suffering and lost dreams, largely thanks to the memorable central character created by Garrone and his co-writers, translated brilliantly onto the screen by actor-director Marcello Fonte.
Helped by the appeal of its setting, a godforsaken seaside resort that has become a year-round refuge for a community of losers, outcasts and those who can’t afford anything better. The contrast between a seaside town’s sun-and-fun aspirations and its degraded reality helps to turn an intimate drama into a reflection on the human condition.
Dog-lovers will respond too. The film’s hero, an everyman figure is mild-mannered Marcello, who runs a dog-grooming parlour and dog hotel in an unnamed seaside suburb.
Acclaimed by the audience in its premiere red carpet screening, Dogman by Matteo Garroni is less explicit than Gemorrah in its condemnation of men and their societies, but it allows the innocence of one man to lie unheeded even though it is the instrument of cleansing the village of its villain. Marcello Fonte, who won for Best Actor, has a loving innocence which is matched by that of Lazzaro played by Adriano Tardiolo.
In Alice Rohrwacher’s Best Screenplay winner, Happy as Lazzaro, the protagonist — whose never complaining devotion allows him always to be happy to do the bidding of the village — works “like a dog” for no recompense except for a pat on the head; he is redeemed
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The event’s legendary live auction surpassed last year’s total with items like the Carine Roitfeld curated fashion show collection fetching as much $1.7 million; a Pierce Brosnan original painting, which sold for $1.4 million; a fully restored and upgraded 1964 S3 Bentley Convertible from Byrnes Motor Trust Restorations (Bmt), introduced by Heidi Klum and Benicio Del Toro, which sold for over $800,000; and a Joe Bradley painting which brought in nearly $1 million. Sculptures by Ai Wei Wei and Bernar Venet each received bids exceeding $500,000, and a McLaren Silver 570S Spider brought in $650,000. The black-tie event was presented by Bold Films and Chopard.
The unforgettable evening featured four spectacular performances by
Dogman, the Matteo Garrone drama that had its premiere in competition at the recent Cannes Film Festival, has been picked up for UK distribution by Curzon.
Styled as an ‘urban western’, the film follows Marcello (played by Marcello Fonte), a gentle-spirited dog groomer, who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.
Fonte won the festival’s best actor prize this weekend.
Marcello owns and runs a dog-grooming parlor along a ratty stretch of beach town in Southern Italy that’s so desolate it looks like a bomb hit it and left the buildings standing. You wonder how anyone could sustain a business there — but, in fact, there’s a little community, made up mostly of the men who work at the local trattoria and the cash-for-gold pawn shop next to Marcello’s canine parlor,
The two protagonists are Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a literal and figurative little man who owns a dog grooming salon, and Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a hulking
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